London, ON, CAN: College Court Report, the Canadian-based NCAA basketball website, released the full field of 64 mascots for the 2nd Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge, presented by RabbleTV. On the heels of a successful launch in advance of the 2014-15 season, in which over 15,000 votes were cast for various mascots around the NCAA, the contest was brought back for a second year.
“As a small website owner, and an avid basketball fan, it’s gratifying to know that a contest that was started by a Canadian resonated so well with American basketball fans all across the United States,” said College Court Report owner Tyler Bennett. “The first contest went so well, and brought a lot of attention to the site and created such a buzz that we felt it would be an injustice to not do it again this year.”
Two months ago, we started a contest to see which school had the top mascot in the NCAA. This contest was designed to see which schools had the most spirit, and it showed in the contest that all of the schools involved have great pride in their schools!
The contest was also designed to create some early season interest in the upcoming basketball season. With the season just over a week away, we hope that fans of collegiate basketball at all of the schools involved are getting excited for their team to kick off the regular season.
The contest featured some high-profile mascots that some expected to go all of the way. Michigan State’s Sparty, Auburn’s Aubie the Tiger, Massachusetts’ Sam the Minuteman, and Colorado’s Ralphie all came on strong at the beginning of the competition, but fell short of reaching the Championship Match.
The finals saw two mascots from mid-major programs go head-to-head, after dominating their respective brackets. Kaboom!, the mascot of the Bradley Braves, and Harry T. Hawk, the mascot of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, both gained steam as the contest rolled on and came into the finals on rolls of their own.
The final matchup was the round that garnered the highest amount of votes out of any rounds in the entire contest. Both of the mascots and the schools should be proud of what they accomplished, but there can only be one winner.